By Kent Berkley
Door County Habitat for Humanity puts the underappreciated fruitcake at the heart of its holiday season fundraising efforts. Since early in their existence, Habitat for Humanity has sold fruitcakes to raise money. For some, however, fruitcakes are viewed merely as fodder for comics as evidenced by the fact that December 27th is national fruitcake day — a day to celebrate the gift of fruitcakes — and January 3rd, a mere seven days later, is national fruitcake toss day. Megan Dietz, Manager of Restore and Habitat for Humanity, is an enthusiastic supporter of the fruitcake and expects them to remain the centerpiece of future holiday fundraising efforts.
Dietz encourages people to keep an open mind about fruitcakes. She says that quality ingredients and good recipes produce tasty treats that also have value as a flavorful energy food to power through physical workouts. Megan says she has heard all the jokes about fruitcakes and appreciates the fun that some have at their expense. She has heard the stories about bad tasting fruitcakes being regifted for decades as an ongoing holiday prank. Afterall, Irma S. Rombauer the author of “Joy of Cooking” once wrote that “a fruitcake, properly soaked in liquor, could be stored and eaten 25 years hence.”